The “true” November is back after last week’s weirdness, with it being perfect weather to take the dog for a walk bundled up in polar fleece and a hat. Woo hoo! It’s the kind of weather that changes regularly – you know, the “don’t like it? wait 5 minutes and it’ll change!”. This was taken on our Sunday morning walk after our regular breakfast and newspaper at the cafe down the street from our house.
Picked up the turkey we’d ordered from New Seasons (gotta love that store discount of my hubby’s!) and got the rest of the Thanksgiving fixin’s so I don’t have to go to the grocery store at all between now and the holiday. Did it all early on a Saturday morning before it got nutso in there, as I don’t do well in mega crowds with slow moving shoppers who don’t know where they are going 🙂 Even though the hubby works for them, I still love the zen that is food shopping so he actually only gets the “oops I forgot XYZ” items. Anyhow, so I sat down and did some serious organizing and typing up of a schedule for the Big Holiday. It’s my very first Thanksgiving with my honey and I want to put on the full show this year. Next year? Who knows 🙂 This above is a photo from the web recipe I found for Slow Cooker Candied Yams – totally awesome way to keep from needing oven space, don’t you think? And yes, I’ll be documenting this historic process LOL – just digging through the dining room that became my office to get it cleaned up was enough work this weekend!!
Every month I give a percentage of my pre-tax income to a deserving nonprofit. This month’s donation is to the Portland Opportunities Industrial Center (POIC). I learned about their great work from a colleague who’s on their board, and am truly impressed at the seriously tangible impact they are making with the young people in our community. (image source)
We are just loving seeing our dog getting more physically fit. It’s a long process, but getting her out 2-3 times a day, even for short walks, is worthwhile and getting her stronger. We’ve also gotten her on Boswelia (which is way cheaper on Amazon by the way as compared to buying it from the vet), which has been a near-miracle-worker on her ability to recover quicker. She even is showing us her funny little canter when we’re at the park 🙂
After the shocking abuse and deceptive tactics of the Mankind Project’s New Warrior Training that my husband got the hell out of last weekend, he has been reading up about a variety of psychotherapy cults, from MKP (who has a multitude of survivor groups, and a brave video from one survivor) to Landmark and more. Dr Margaret Singer’s research has been particularly insightful into how groups. As Dirk Mathison reported, “Slicker than the hard-core religious sects (such as the Unification Church and the Boston Church of Christ), the new cults keep a sophisticated, media-wise profile. Nevertheless, says Kisser, “they mirror techniques used by less sophisticated religious cults. The tactics are the same.” And the results can be just as devastating.” (image source)
Awww…this past weekend marked our 6 month wedding anniversary…yayyy! My awesome hubby came home with a lovely Waterknot for me, created locally on 100% recycled paper, on an antique letterpress – and of course lots of his lovely words inside… We snuggled up on the couch, watched a movie, and called it a night. Love is rad 🙂